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2008 Capitol Christmas Tree

2008 Capitol Christmas Tree : featuring "Heart of Montana." DVD.

Sudoc number: A 13.140:C 171/DVD

This short video portrays the journey of the Capitol Christmas tree from Montana to Washington D.C. It highlights the special events and people who made this project such a success.The official 2008 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree ballad, "Heart of Montana" was written and performed by Jack Gladstone, a Native "Poet Singer" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian National of Montana.

The official lighting ceremony took place December 2, 2008. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi flipped the switch with the help from Chris Gabrielsen, a Havre, Montana student who won the trip to light the tree.

A sub-alpine was selected, cut and hauled to Washington, D.C. along with more than five-thousand hand-made ornaments. Students and artists donated the ornaments reflecting the theme, " Sharing Montana's Treasures". Along with the Christmas tree, more than 70 smaller companion trees were taken to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in congressional offices and other office buildings.

The success of this project was made possible through the generous support by dozens of partners, sponsors and volunteers. A complete list of sponsors is located on the inside jacket of this DVD.

Historic Log Drives

Historic Log Drives in the Northern Region.

Sudoc number: A 13.140:H 621/DVD

The footage on this DVD was originally taken on 16mm film. This 23 minutes video highlights historic log drives in the Northern Region of the Forest Service. Video includes music.

Pinchot : historic footage captured on 16mm film

Allan, Chris. Pinchot : historic footage captured on 16mm film.
USDA Forest Service - Northern Region, Northern Region Productions, 2009.

Call number: A 13.140:P 651/2/DVD

Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), American conservationist and public official, was chiefly responsible for introducing scientific forestry to the United States. He is considered the founding father of the U.S. Forest Service and served as the first Chief of the Forest Service from 1905-1910.

The original footage on this DVD was taken on 16mm film. It was converted to DVD in 2009. This video gives an entertaining look into Gifford Pinchot’s life and influence in the U.S. Forest Service.

This 22 minute video contains two, 11 minute versions of the same video. One version of the film is silent, the other contains audio narration. The version with sound directly follows the silent film.

Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems

Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems : a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2012. 265 p.

Call number: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-870 Also available online.

“This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.”- Abstract

Talk That Music Talk

Talk that music talk : passing on brass band music in New Orleans the traditional way : a collaborative ethnography. New Orleans, Louisiana : University of New Orleans Center for the Book.  303 pages, illustrations ;

Sudoc number: I 29.2 M97/3

“Worlds can exist in the small footprint of a New Orleans city block. Since its inception in 2004, the Neighborhood Story Project has devoted itself to exploring those worlds — working with New Orleanians of all ages, from grade-school to adult, to write and photograph parts of the city and share the stories that grow there. Subjects of Neighborhood Story Project books have included childhoods spent in the St. Bernard and Calliope housing projects, the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club, the Mardi Gras Indian and social aid and pleasure club museum the House of Dance and Feathers, the lives of women in the Ninth Ward and more — all told intimately and thoughtfully through the NSP's workshop program.”- Alison Fensterstock, | The Times-Picayune , December 17, 2014

“All interviews in Talk That Music Talk were conducted by Bruce Sunpie Barnes and Rachel Breunlin between March 2012 and October 2014”- Page 291.

Air Force Civil Engineers

Hartzer, Ronald, et al. Leading the Way: the History of Air Force Civil Engineers, 1907-2012. Defense Dept., Air Force, 2015

SuDoc number: D 301.2:H62/30

 This heavy, 816 page illustrated history provides a detailed look at the creation of bases, training of engineers, the organization of the Corps and the equipment used. This is a great resource for those interested in military history and engineering. 

"Engineers claim a long and proud tradition of military service. During World War II, the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers executed the construction of overseas airfield and support facilities for the Army Air Forces, often under challenging conditions and with meager resources. These successes impressed leaders of the Army Air Forces with the critical importance of civil engineering in supporting Air Missions through planning, operating and maintaining air bases. Many leaders in the early days of Air Force Civil Engineering began their careers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There leaders were eager to shape the Air Force of the future and to integrate civil engineering in the overall mission."- Preface

Unita Flora

Goodrich, Sherel. Huber, Allen. Uinta Flora, USDA Forest Service-Intermountain Region Ogden, Utah. 2014 

Sudoc number: A 13.2:UI 5/7 
“This Flora, containing about 1,700 species and about 400 specific taxa of vascular plants, is arranged alphabetical by family, genus, and species. It is intended as a field manual. To reduce the size of this volume, descriptions of species have been omitted except for those that are the only one of a genus, and those descriptions are often brief.” -preface


The Library of Congress ( has wonderful, public domain images

I personally love Gov. Docs but is there much love in them?

There is LOVING v. VIRGINIA, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), the Supreme Court Case which struck down racial marriage laws.

"In June 1958, two residents of Virginia, Mildred Jeter, a Negro woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, were married in the District of Columbia pursuant to its laws. Shortly after their marriage, the Lovings returned to Virginia and established their marital abode in Caroline County. At the October Term, 1958, of the Circuit Court [388 U.S. 1, 3] of Caroline County, a grand jury issued an indictment charging the Lovings with violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriages. On January 6, 1959, the Lovings pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to one year in jail; however, the trial judge suspended the sentence for a period of 25 years on the condition that the Lovings leave the State and not return to Virginia together for 25 years."

More information about the laws that led to this decision cane be found here. Images of of the Loving couple can be found at the Endowment For the Humaities.

The National Archive has The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman

The National Gallery is a great source for artisitic images including this one of the Love Letter


You can post a letter with a heart stamp from the United States Postal Service.

Lost Villages

Hudson, Ray, Mason, Rachel. Lost Villages of the Eastern Aleutians. National Park Service. 2014
Sudoc Number: I 29.2:AL 2/2  

“The Aleutians-World War II National Historic Area, Alaska Region, is pleased to announce the arrival of Lost Villages of the Eastern Aleutians: Biorka, Kashega, Makushin by Ray Hudson and Rachel Mason. This book documents the history of three Unangax^ villages left behind in the evacuations and dislocations of World War II, never to be permanently resettled. In 1942, the Unangax^ residents of the three tiny villages of Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin were taken by boat first to the Wrangell Institute, then to a camp at Ward Lake near Ketchikan, where they stayed until the end of the war. When they finally returned to the Aleutians, they were not allowed to go back to their villages, but were resettled in Unalaska or Akutan.

Before World War II hastened their disappearance, the three villages had endured for centuries, surviving the hardships and challenges of Russian and American ownership of Alaska. Gathering information from personal interviews and oral histories, travelers’ and priests’ journals, commercial records, Coast Guard revenue cutter logs, newspapers, census records, and many other sources, historian Ray Hudson has woven together the complex and often tragic histories of Biorka, Makushin, and Kashega. Cultural anthropologist Rachel Mason’s Epilogue tells of boat trips in 2009 and 2010 to revisit each of the villages with elderly former residents and their children and grandchildren, each time planting a Russian Orthodox cross at the site of the former village chapel. The volume is one of several products of the Lost Villages of the Aleutians project, a decade-long collaboration with the Ounalashka Corporation to preserve the memory of the former villages and shed light on a very obscure corner of American history.”- Rachel Mason

An app for that

Census PoP Quiz Mobile App Challenges Knowledge of State Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users’ knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about the U.S. population.

Wild & Senic Snake River

The Wild & Scenic Snake River Boater's Guide. USDI BLM, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, USDA Forest Service. 2014. 35 pg.

“The mighty Snake River winds its way through Hells Canyon, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America. Here the river flows through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) and forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. The 652,488-acre HCNRA was created by Congress in 1975. Although the Recreation Area includes portions of the Nez Perce, Payette, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, it is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman NF….”- pg.1


Carol Reardon. The Gettysburg campaign : June-July 1863. Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2013. 63 pages : illustrations, maps.

Call number: D 114.2:G 33/2  Also available online.

“After the Confederates’ victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, once again confronted each other across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The battle, which cost Hooker nearly 16,000 casualties and Lee some 12,300 losses, had proved indecisive. The two armies maintained an uneasy stalemate, occupying virtually the same ground they had held since December 1862. Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, stood fifty-three miles to the north, while Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, lay fifty-seven miles to the south. The rival presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, pondered their next moves.” pg. 7

Turning Point 9.11

Turning Point 9.11, Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011, September 2012, 

Call Number:  D 301.2:R 31/18 Also available online.

“The contributions Air Force Reservists are making to the security of the United States and the world is a continuum of visionary concepts, ideas, and challenges undertaken at the beginning of the last century in the quest of human flight. Reserve members voluntarily partook of these endeavors and also gradually formed an effective organization. Moreover, the course toward the twenty-first century policy of maintaining a strategic air reserve that is well integrated with active duty forces and operationally engaged daily has been evolutionary and forged out of practicality and necessity. The result has been a responsive and efficient Air Force Reserve.”-DVIDS

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